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Balliol College


Balliol College invites applications from scholars of outstanding distinction or promise to be Visiting Fellows of Balliol and Oliver Smithies Lecturers.

A Visiting Fellowship normally lasts for at least two, but not more than three terms. Visiting Fellowships are intended primarily to give scholars from outside the United Kingdom an opportunity to pursue their own research as a member of the College. Fellows will normally be expected to reside in Oxford during terms. The College regrettably is unable to offer Visiting Fellows accommodation. However, Visiting Fellows will be entitled to full membership of the Senior Common Room and to take all their meals in College free of charge. The College will meet the cost of one return trip from the Fellow's home institution. A Visiting Fellow must also be willing to take up the Oliver Smithies Lectureship, which carries with it a requirement to offer two or three University-wide lectures on a subject of the Lecturer's choosing. An honorarium of £500 per lecture is offered. Preference will be given to candidates whose work is close to the academic interests of one or more Fellows of the College.

Applicants who are unable to be in Oxford for as long as two terms may apply for the Oliver Smithies Lectureship on its own. In this case the Lecturer would be expected to visit the College for a period of between one and four weeks, at a time to be mutually agreed by the College and the Lecturer, to deliver lectures. The Lecturer will be entitled to free College accommodation and free meals for the period over which the lectures are to be given. Travelling expenses will be met by the College, and the same honorarium is offered. The reverse arrangement - applying for the Visiting Fellowship, but not for the Smithies Lectureship - is not possible.

Applications, in the form of a letter, should include a statement of the research the candidate intends to carry out during their visit; details of the proposed lectures; a full curriculum vitae; and the names and addresses of two academic referees. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that their references are sent directly to the College by the closing date. Applications should be sent to the Senior Tutor's Secretary, Balliol College, Oxford, OX1 3BJ, and should reach the College by 27 February 2004. The College hopes to complete the elections by mid-March 2004.

Balliol College is an equal opportunities employer.

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